Somewhere Over The Rainbow

Yesterday was an excellent day for an outdoor run.  When I decided to take up running earlier this summer using the Couch-to-5K training plan, I ran exclusively outside in my neighborhood, pushing my then newborn ‘running buddy’ in his jogging stroller.    When I returned to work, I took full advantage of the treadmills in our gym and enjoyed the convenience (and climate controlled environment) they provided. 

A few months have gone by now and I’ve discovered that running on a treadmill is not my favorite thing to do, so now I do it by necessity only.  Running outdoors, in contrast, gives  your body the freedom to go at it’s own pace (in my case, I tend to run faster!), provides a lot more visual stimulation to occupy your mind, and makes doing sprints and fartleks a whole lot easier and more enjoyable.  When I’m out there in the elements, I love feeling the curves of the earth underneath my feet, the sun and wind on my face, and breathing in deeply the air all around me.  Running outside makes me feel alive, and “small” in relation to the world.  I appreciate the little rewards I receive for finishing my outdoor runs – like this amazing rainbow that seemed to stretch forever across the sky as the rain rolled in.  I love the fact that I can go for runs with my husband outside and not feel scared that I won’t be able to keep up. 

For a woman who never in her life thought she would run, it amazes me to be able to say I enjoy running now that I’ve made a conscious decision to “do different”.  It gives me great joy to say — I am a runner.

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  • Reply Paula October 15, 2011 at 03:12

    Fartleks? Curve of the earth? Oh I feel so pressured! Tonight I do Week 3, day 3 (3.3) of #5kin100days with my kids. I try not to fall on my face. I try not to pop my Achilles again. I just want to survive, tune out their bickering behind me, and then reward them with McD’s burgers for a buck. Yeah, that’s how the lavagal flows.

    Jealous. I wish I could rock the run like you.

    • Reply Jamie October 14, 2011 at 19:49

      Paula, of all people, you are my real woman fitness icon. You decided to do what I’m doing a long time ago — I am trying to catch up with you! Believe me when I say there are days I just get in my car and go get myself some Chicken McNuggets because I’m hungry, sore, tired or emotional, or all of the above. Yesterday was not one of those days, and I’m trying to keep those moments few and far between, but when I have them, I’ll blog about them. I am SOOO the rhino trying to be a unicorn (LOVE that!), but I hope by being willing to do the blogging equivalent of having the “ugly cry” every now and then, I will be able to look in the mirror and realize I’ve been the unicorn all along…baby steps 🙂

  • Reply TI October 14, 2011 at 19:38

    what I love most about the blog is YOU. what i love most about the pic is that you cannot see the BMFGun at the corner of the building 🙂 LOVE YOU HONEY BADGER!

    • Reply Jamie October 14, 2011 at 19:53

      LMAO. I have so much love for you, TI. You are such a smart, beautiful lady, I don’t quite know how I qualified to be your friend, but I’m glad I did! Oh, and don’t mind the BMF gun. It’s mostly used as a leaning post during some of my co-workers smoke breaks, it’s all good 😀 hahaha…

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